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Hey guys! Today I’m really excited because I was “tagged” by the lovely Arya at Arya’s Fangirl Lexicon to participate in The Mystery Blogger Award. I just recently discovered Arya’s blog when I tweeted a request for all book bloggers to come forth and drop their info so I can give them a follow. Arya was nice enough to not only connect with me on Twitter, but she also followed Book and Shadows and nominated me to give my first ever Book Tag. Arya’s blog is all about all things bookish, with super interesting posts and a beautiful site design to keep you locked in. If you have a moment, go check her out…

So… What is The Mystery Blogger Award?

As defined by the creator, Okoto, at Okoto Enigma’s Blog:

The MBA is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.

There are some rules to follow, but they are simple:

  • Put the award logo/ image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice.
  • Share a link to your best post (s).

Before I get started with the festivities, I would like to say a special thank you to Okoto for creating such an ingenious way for us to get to know and celebrate each other. We are eternally grateful.

Alrighty, the intro is all good now, so here we go!

Here are 3 things about me:

  • I used to work as a 911 dispatcher in Savannah, GA. I worked there for four years, and, yes, it did get just as intense as you would think it could- even in a small, coastal city like Savannah. One time, I talked a man down from jumping off the Talmadge Bridge by convincing him that he should try out some of the local “country music” bars in the city. I guess he wanted to do line dance more than fall 100s of feet into one of the nastiest rivers in the US. Who would’ve thought?

  • I had an army of teddy bears that I played “school” with when I was 4 years old and inadvertently taught myself how to read. There were about 50 teddy bears on my bed, and boy did I love them so. Naturally, I decided I had to give them proper education and become their teacher. I would steal my sisters’ textbooks and rummage through them and pretend to be giving a good lesson. One day, my aunt overheard me and was shocked that I was reading complex paragraphs without ever stepping foot in a school. Not trying to toot my own horn, but uhm… toot toot.

  • I used to be a cricket breeder. Ha, bet you weren’t expecting that one. So, I had a pair of tree frogs, and those babies needed to eat, so I taught myself how to breed crickets so that they could have a never-ending supply of fresh, chirping goodies. Let’s just say that crickets smell worse than you would think and they breed like rabbits. I was up to my neck in crickets…

There has always been a bunch of random facts about myself that many people are shocked about when they learn about them, but for some reason, I was brain farting when thinking of what to say, so I hope these randoms will suffice.

Now on to Arya’s questions for me:

1. We all have genres that we don’t read. If you had to pick one of them to only read for a month, what one would you pick?

**Chuckling to myself as I think of my answer**

One genre that immediately popped up in my mind is Harlequin Romance novels. LOL! I mean, they are so cheesy and cringeworthy that I definitely pass on any opportunity to indulge myself. However, if it came down to having to read them for a month straight, I think I could get some solid entertaining moments in my life; not to mention some pretty good laughing sessions thrown in there as well.

Honestly, trying this as a challenge and then writing about my experience would be a great blog post… “Siri, add this to my notes…”

2. What hobbies outside of reading and blogging do you enjoy?

I barely have much time to do anything outside of my full-time job, being a wife, step-mother, and a novice book-blogger, but when I do have the time and the living space, I really enjoy gardening. I used to have a little garden of my own in our front yard growing up, and my great-grandmother taught me everything I knew. We would go out every spring and summer and tend to our gardens, and she taught me how to take great pride and pay much respect to the act of growing your own food. I loved those times with her, and I brought the lessons they taught me along the way.

She’s gone now, and since then I’ve grown up and moved into the city where I now live in a condo. I don’t have space to grow like I used to with her, but I’m learning to make do with the room I do have and create a small garden right on my balcony.

Now, we’re not going to talk about the entire tray of basil seedlings that I scorched to crumbs last month. I was a little rusty, and my grandma totally understands. Right, Elnora?

Grandma’s face looking down at me from Heaven right now..

3. If you could collaborate with any author on your blog who would you choose?

Well, we’re just going to state the obvious here and say that J.K. Rowling would be the top pick because Harry Potter, duh… But for the sake of not being cliche’, I do have an author in mind who recently rocked my socks off…. Margaret Rogerson.

I just finished Sorcery of Thorn not too long ago, and I have to say that I loved that book way more than I thought I would after reading reviews. Margaret Rogerson reimagined the spirit of books, she made libraries seem hella cool, and she made me fall in love with her world.

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Magical grimoires that one must respect to keep away mischief is a premise that I never knew I needed in my life. And one that I think would go along perfectly with what Books and Shadows is all about: Books and Magic. So, if anyone out there is besties with Ms. Roberson, please tell her to hit me up, we have things to discuss.

4. If you could make a movie out of one book which book would it be?

In my September OwlCrate box, which they treat as the “spooky” October box for shipping reasons, the book of the month was The Bone Houses. If you haven’t read it yet, just two words: zombie goat. Take what you want from that, but just know that The Bone Houses is all the workings of a great movie. You have death and gore, zombies, the pain of a great loss, and did I mention ZOMBIE GOAT! I did? Well… I didn’t want that fact to be lost.

I wasn’t going to review The Bone Houses, but maybe I’ll write a “how it made me feel” post because I really enjoyed the heck out of it.

Not sure what OwlCrate is? Check out my post… 🙂

5. How do you decide which books to review? Is it by the release date? Popularity? Personal tastes?

Since I’m so new to blogging, I don’t think I’ve quite figured out my book review pick structure yet. It’s most likely a mixture of all of those things. I go off of what book made me feel the feels the most because then I want to pour my heart out about how great it was. I like a book that’s known, but not super popular because I feel that everyone has probably read it if it’s really anticipated. At that point, no one’s really looking for reviews, so I would much rather write a “response” post to the book. By release date isn’t such a big deal for me. I think that sometimes older books get forgotten and having a good review could revamp them back to glory.

And That’s All Folks…

That was a lot of fun, just like I knew it would be. I thought it would be a lot harder to figure out what I would say in situational questioning, but it wasn’t bad at all. It was like doing a little self trivia, and a really great way to break the ice without making an “Introduction” post.

My Questions to my Nominees:

  • If you could be any character in a book, who would it be and why?
  • What magical item would you take from a book to use in everyday life?
  • What food in a book do you wish was real so you can nom nom it as often as you please?
  • Actual Book or Audiobook? Why?
  • How old were you when you found your first true book love? When did you know that you loved reading?

Who I’m nominating:

I’m going to nominate those who followed my blog and Twitter recently and challenge them to participate in The Mystery Blogger Award. The rules say that I have to go to their blogs and comment, but I’m going to tag them here as well so you guys can follow if you feel compelled to do so…

Now guys, you don’t have to participate… maybe some of you have already done this, or you’re just not in the mood. No harm done. We all understand. And those of you who haven’t done this, and wasn’t tagged to do so, please feel free to tag yourself in the comments below and have at it- just send a link to the post so we can get to know you better.

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